Rollin' with OG, Part 2

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For part 2 of BFTB's interview series with Ogemdi Nwagbuo, we take a look back at his playing days at Michigan State and even get some more info on that "Working at the airport car rental counter" story we've heard so many times.  Also, knowing that OG is a die-hard NBA fan, I couldn't pass up the chance to get his opinion on a couple of this season's hottest NBA topics.

Give us a quick update on your recovery.  Are you doing anything but resting the ankle right now?

Yeah, just going through the recovery process right now.

I'm sure you watched some football this weekend.  How do you think the Chargers match up with the Jets?  Do you think Shonn Greene/Thomas Jones will cause problems?

I think it's gonna be be a good matchup. The Jets have a great running game and they definitely want to run the ball.  It's gonna be a matchup of a physical offense versus a physical SD defense.

I saw Demetrius Byrd on Twitter saying that he didn't think Darrelle Revis could shut down Vincent Jackson next week.  What do you think?

That's is a matchup of two of the best players at their position in the NFL, so you never know what's gonna happen.

Are you planning on going to the game?  If not, do you have any big plans for Sunday?

Yes, I'm going to be there.


We've heard your story through the voice of commentators several times, but I'm interested to hear it from you.  How long did you work at the airport?  Did you have the job because you didn't think you would make the team?  Do you miss the job?

I was working there for about 6 months. I just kept working there because there is a lot of free time in the offseason. It was a cool job because you get to meet a lot of different people.

What's your best memory from playing at Michigan State?

I had a great time at MSU. There are so many to choose from, but I would probably say just hanging out with my teammates at Cherry Lane Apts.  Or coming back to beat Penn State my senior year.

Why do you think you went undrafted?

I dont know why i was undrafted.  The whole draft is an unpredictable process, so you never really know what's gonna happen.

Vaughn Martin is somebody that intrigues a lot of Chargers fans because even less is known about him as is known about you.  When we look at him we see a guy with big size, big strength and good speed.  Do you think he's a future starter?

He is a definitely an explosive athlete and I think he is gonna be a very good player.  Strangely enough, I actually hosted him on his recruiting trip at Michigan State.

A lot has been made of Stephen Cooper being the "Quarterback of the defense".  Supposedly, he's the one that calls the plays and makes sure everybody is lined up properly before the play starts.  Explain to us, from a Nose Tackle's perspective, what Coop does and how valuable he is out there.

In most defenses the middle linebacker is the QB of the defense.  He gets everybody lined up and basically lets you know what's going on out there. Coop is a great player and a great leader.



Are the Cavs better or worse than they were last season?  Has LeBron finally reached his ceiling?

I think they are better because of all the players they added, they have better athletes at the wing position and better defenders, but we wont know until the playoffs come. I think Shaq will play a bigger role on their team in the playoffs.

Will Kevin Durant ever win a championship in Oklahoma City?

I think he is a great scorer and they have good young talent around him like Jeff Green, Westbrook and Harden, but they have to get better and get more experience.  Also, they would have a tough road to a championship in the Western Conference. Young talent doesn't always mean success, you can just look at the Clippers a few years ago with Lamar Odom, Darius Miles, Quentin Richardson, Elton Brand and Corey Maggette.

Is it time for Tim Duncan to retire?  It looks to me that the Spurs need to rebuild.

Tim Duncan is still a great player and he can always take over a game.  The Spurs have a lot of talent, but the connference as a whole is very deep so I don't know about their championship chances.

Do you think this Celtics team is as good as the 07 team that won the title, or is their record inflated by the lack of competition in the east?

I think Rasheed Wallace makes them a better team because of his versatiity, but they have to be healthy to be reach their full potential and I don't know if that will happen.
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